I Know Words. I Have The Best Words.

One of the most important skills my parents taught me was the ability to read for pleasure. The activity gives rise to new adventures, instills a desire to experience more in life, and allows one to dive deep into interesting questions raised by authors of fiction and non-fiction alike. Anyway, I like words, and I like fiddling around with software, so I built a small tool to parse an XML word list that I built as I read interesting books. The exercise helped me learn something new about parsing, but the act of creating a list is the crucial element: it helps build vocabulary, and helps make future conversations and writing more fluid, accurate and intersting.

Word Definition
Anapest A metrical foot consisting of two short or unstressed syllables followed by one long or stressed syllable
Anorectic Lacking appetite; causing loss of appetite
Apiary A place where bees are kept; a collection of bee hives
Apse A projecting part of a building (as a church) that is usually semicircular in plan and vaulted
Arroyo A watercourse (as a creek) in an arid region; a water-carved gully or channel
Artifice Clever or cunning devices or expedients especially those used to trick or deceive others
Ascetic Practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline; austere in appearance, manner, or attitude
Atavistic Recurrence in an organism of a trait or character typical of an ancestral form and usually due to genetic recombination; recurrence of or reversion to a past style, manner, outlook, or approach
Autochthonous Originating where found; indigenous
Bellicose Demonstrating aggression and a willingness to fight
Brocade A rich silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver
Bromide A commonplace or tiresome person; a bore; a commonplace or hackneyed statement or notion
Callow Lacking adult sophistication: immature
Capitate Forming a head; abruptly enlarged and globose
Censer A vessel for burning incense; especially a covered incense burner swung on chains in a religious ritual
Chthonian Of or relating to the underworld; infernal
Comte French mathematician and philosopher; founded positivism, a scientific system of thought and knowledge
Corolla The part of a flower that consists of the separate or fused petals and constitutes the inner whorl of the perianth
Coterie An intimate and often exclusive group of persons with a unifying common interest or purpose
Diadem A crown, specifically, a royal headband; something that adorns like a crown
Diurnal Recurring every day; having a daily cycle; of, relating to, or occurring in the daytime; active chiefly in the daytime; opening during the day and closing at night
Dowager A widow holding property or a title from her deceased husband; a dignified elderly woman
Effete No longer fertile; having lost character, vitality, or strength; marked by weakness or decadence; soft or delicate from or as if from a pampered existence; characteristic of an effete person, e.g., a wool scarf … a bit effete on an outdoorsman; effeminate
Ennui A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction; boredom
Equanimity Mental calmness, composture and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation
Eschatological Eschatology: the branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind; a belief or a doctrine concerning the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming, or the Last Judgment.
Fecund Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful; marked by intellectual productivity
Fey Chiefly Scottish, fated to die: doomed; marked by a foreboding of death or calamity; able to see into the future: visionary, marked by an otherworldly air or attitude; crazy, touched
Foment To promote the growth or development of, to rouse or incite: to foment a rebellion
Garrulous Given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity: pointlessly or annoyingly talkative
Gastropod Any of a large class of mollusks (as snails and slugs) usually with a univalve shell (or none) and a distinct head bearing sensory organs
Gelid Very cold; icy
Haptic Relating to or based on the sense of touch; characterized by a predilection for the sense of touch
Imprecations A spoken curse
Inquietude Physical or mental restlessness or disturbance
Ichthyology A branch of zoology that deals with fish
Inveigle To win over by wiles (entice); to acquire by ingenuity or flattery
Jejune Lacking nutritive value; devoid of significance or interest: dull
Jeroboam A wine bottle with four times the capacity of a regular bottle
Laconic Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise
Lacuna An empty space or a missing part; a gap: “self-centered in opinion, with curious lacunae of astounding ignorance”; anatomy - a cavity, space, or depression, especially in a bone, containing cartilage or bone cells.
Lanai A veranda or roofed patio
Licentious Lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint, especially in sexual conduct
Lintel A horizontal architectural member spanning and usually carrying the load above an opening
Loquacious Full of excessive talk; given to fluent or excessive talk: garrulous
Lummox A clumsy or stupid person
Mafficking To celebrate with boisterous rejoicing and hilarious behavior
Mephitic Of, relating to, or resembling mephitis (a noxious, pestilential, or foul exhalation from the earth)
Metaphor A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in “a sea of troubles” or “All the world’s a stage”
Mucilaginous Sticky, viscid; of, relating to, full of, or secreting mucilage
Mythos The pattern of basic values and attitudes of a people, characteristically transmitted through myths and the arts
Nacre Mother of pearl
Nave The hub of a wheel; the main part of the interior of a church; especially, the long narrow central hall in a cruciform church that rises higher than the aisles flanking it to form a clerestory
Obdurate A stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing; hardened in feelings; resistant to persuasion or softening influences
Obsequious Marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
Odalisque A female slave; a concubine in a harem
Officious Archaic: kind, obliging, dutiful; volunteering one’s services where they are neither asked nor needed; meddlesome
Onanistic Masturbation; self-gratification
Osculation The act of kissing
Otiose Producing no useful result: futile; being at leisure: idle; lacking use or effect: functionless
Paladin A paragon of chivalry; a heroic champion
Pellucid Admitting maximum passage of light without diffusion or distortion; reflecting light evenly from all surfaces; easy to understand
Penurious Unwilling to spend money: stingy; yielding little: barren; poverty-stricken: destitute
Piquant Agreeably stimulating to the palate; especially: spicy; engagingly provocative; also: having a lively arch charm
Pique Transient feeling of wounded vanity: resentment
Pithy Consisting of or abounding in pith; having substance and point: tersely cogent
Podalic Of or relating to the foot
Potentates Ruler, sovereign; broadly: one who wields great power or sway
Pouilly-fume A dry white wine from the Loire valley of France
Prelate An ecclesiastic (as a bishop or abbot) of superior rank
Prevaricating To deviate from the truth
Priggish Fop; fellow, person; one who offends or irritates by observance of proprieties (as of speech or manners) in a pointed manner or to an obnoxious degree
Primmest Precise or proper to the point of affectation; excessively decorous; strait-laced, prudish
Privation Lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life; the condition resulting from such lack; an act, condition, or result of deprivation or loss
Prosaic Characteristic of prose as distinguished from poetry: factual; dull, unimaginative; everyday; ordinary
Prurient Marked by or arousing an immoderate or unwholesome interest or desire; especially, marked by, arousing, or appealing to unusual sexual desire
Pugilistic The skill, practice, and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing
Pyrrhic Achieved at excessive cost; costly to the point of negating or outweighing expected benefits
Revetment A facing (as of stone or concrete) to sustain an embankment; embankments, especially a barricade to provide shelter (as against bomb fragments or strafing)
Rubicund Ruddy
Sagacious Of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment; discerning, as in sagacious judge of character; caused by or indicating acute discernment, as in sagacious purchase of stock
Salubrious Favorable to or promoting health or well-being
Satyr A woodland creature depicted as having the pointed ears, legs, and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry; a licentious man; a lecher.
Scarab A stone or faience (glazed ceremic ware) beetle used in ancient Egypt as a talisman, ornament, and a symbol of resurrection
Sidereal Of, relating to, or concerned with the stars or constellations; stellar
Simony The buying or selling of a church office or ecclesiastical preferment
Sororal Of, relating to, or characteristic of a sister
Squamous Covered with or formed of scales
Succor Relief, aid, help; something that furnishes relief
Sylph An elemental being in the theory of Paracelsus that inhabits air; a slender graceful woman or girl
Synod A council or an assembly of church officials or churches; an ecclesiastical council
Tendentious Expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one
Theophany A visible manifestation of a deity
Torpid Deprived of the power of motion or feeling; benumbed; dormant; hibernating
Torpor A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility; the dormant, inactive state of a hibernating or estivating animal
Troglodyte A member of a fabulous or prehistoric race of people that lived in caves, dens, or holes; a person considered to be reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish
Turbid Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; muddy
Turgid Excessively ornate or complex in style or language; grandiloquent; swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated
Ursine Of or relating to a bear or the bear family; suggesting or characteristic of a bear
Vapid Lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull
Wrought Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something